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Confusion Reigns for Navajo Board of Elections

October 25
09:58 2014

Navajo Seal 2When it rains it pours, and right now within the Navajo Nation confusion reigns.

The Navajo Board of Elections doesn’t know what to do, according to reports, and they’ll meet Monday morning to decide what course of action to take.

On the one hand, the Navajo Supreme Court kicked Lechee native Chris Deschene off the Presidential ballot Thursday, basically because an appeal was applied without the correct paperwork. But that appeal had to do with the controversy over whether Deschene speaks the Navajo Language with enough fluidity to represent his nation as President.

The Supreme Court also postponed the November 4th election indefinitely on Thursday.

But then very early Friday morning the Navajo Nation Council voted 11-10 to do away with the requirement that a President needs to speak the language fluently. And that legislation, once signed by President Ben Shelly, is retroactive to the 2014 Presidential race.

That means that election officials have their work cut-out for them come Monday.

Meanwhile Deschene, who is facing former President Joe Shirley Jr. in the election, told Lake Powell Communications Friday that he certainly agrees with Council’s vote on Friday morning, but said it is something that should have been done a generation ago.

Mr. Deschene also asked Lake Powell Communications’ listeners and readers, to make sure they get out and vote; whenever it becomes time to vote.

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